Merce Cunningham Trust

Antic Meet 1958

PREMIERE DATE August 14, 1958
PREMIERE VENUE American Dance Festival
MUSIC John Cage, Concert for piano and orchestra
John Cage, Solo for Piano with Fontana Mix
John Cage, WBAI
DECOR Robert Rauschenberg
COSTUMES Robert Rauschenberg
DURATION 30 minutes
ORGINAL CAST Carolyn Brown, Remy Charlip, Merce Cunningham, Viola Farber, Cynthia Stone, Marilyn Wood
Performed like a series of vaudeville scenes that overlap, Antic Meet consisted of ten playful and comedic numbers. The curtains opened with Cunningham moving among the other dancers as a clown-like figure “who falls in love with a society whose rules he doesn’t know”, and concludes much in the same way, as he attempts to keep up with the dancers, each with their own movements, as they dance diagonally across the stage. Cage provided the musical accompaniment, using a version of Concert for Piano and Orchestra, and Rauschenberg designed the costumes, which included fur coats and parachute dresses over black leotards.